Who doesn’t love looking at color palettes and fonts all day long?! But the thing is, to create a brand that’s easily recognizable in the minds of others and helps position you as an authority, you need to be consistent. This is more than just having one color palette and sticking to it, it’s the way you speak, the use of your logos, and the various marketing materials you use and create to market your business. Today, we’re going to talk about 5 things you can do to create a more cohesive brand that will help you stand out in the best way possible as the expert you are! Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re going to talk about…
- Invest in a brand photoshoot
- Batch create content
- Establish a brand voice
- Create a brand strategy
- Invest in professional brand and web design
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Invest in a Brand Photoshoot
Now maybe you’re wondering why this is the first item on the list, but consistent imagery across all social media channels and your website will help you to be seen as a professional within your industry. When you find a photographer that understands your brand aesthetic, both the images you use and the graphics that you post on Instagram or the color palette you use on your website will form a cohesive brand experience. Prepare thoroughly for your brand photoshoot so that you have a list of the shots you want for both your website and social media. Take time beforehand to plan out what you’re going to wear, the props you’ll use, and potential locations for your photoshoot. Talk to friends and fellow business owners who have invested in brand photography before and ask them for any tips! You can also read all about planning for your first brand photoshoot by clicking here!
Batch Create Content
Batching your social media content is good for two reasons! First, once you get into the swing of things creating content, it’s easy to keep your creative juices flowing between writing captions and creating graphics. Also, when you create multiple posts at once you can preview what your feet will look like once your contact is posted to create a layout that consistently uses your brand colors, fonts, elements, and images. Posting whenever you feel like it is a great way to form authentic connections with your audience, but it is also easier to stray from your brand guidelines when you don’t have a strategy in place for creating content. You can easily batch create content by creating templates for social media that you can reuse when creating Pinterest pins, Instagram stories, reels and IGTV covers, carousel posts, and more! You can also purchase premade templates from places like Etsy or Creative Market to help you save even more time.
Establish a Brand Voice
When you consistently use your visual branding, people will come to recognize who they are looking at before they even see your user name or official logo. The same is true with the tone in what you write, if you consistently use the same verbiage and way of speaking in your content, you can build brand awareness through your tone of voice. This can be the case on both your website, your blog and social media captions. When it comes to writing your website copy, do thorough research beforehand into the kind of people you want to attract and the concepts you want to bring to life through your writing. This will help you to carry the same tone throughout your word choice. Keep a word bank on hand of brand phrases and buzzwords you can and have used. Reusing these words will help you stay consistent and build a cohesive brand presence!
Create a Brand Strategy
The best way to approach anything as an online business owner is with strategy. The same is true with your brand! Investing in brand strategy will give you the clarity and insight you need to continuously make decisions that will help you show up as a better version of yourself, continue standing for what you believe in, and using visuals that compliment the voice you’ve assigned your brand. While it may seem strange to invest in something that isn’t tangible, it can be completely worth it! Investing in someone else for the brand strategy will help you see your business from someone else’s perspective and get you fresh eyes on the who, the what, and the why behind your business. It will also help you create goals for the future that you can work towards today with your brand. When you know what you’re working for, you can stay on brand to get there!
Invest in Professional Design
Last but not least, one of the most important ways to create a cohesive brand is to invest in a professional designer. Now I’m not just saying this, hiring a professional will help you, once again, get an outside opinion on your brand and design with strategy in mind. It’s often best to go to the same person for branch strategy, brand design, and website design. When you do this, you’re taking one more step to stay on brand and build a cohesive online presence. When you outsource both strategy and design, you can see your vision come to life in a way that’s cohesive, professional, and further allows you to grow your business. Investing in professional design allows you to hand over tasks that aren’t in your zone of genius and spend time working on what truly matters. When you invest in design, your designer becomes a friend and strategic partner who is there to help you build the business of your dreams!
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